'''''Elegiac''''' refers either generally to compositions that are like elegy|elegies
or specifically to Greek and Latin poetry composed in elegiac couplet
s, in which a line of dactylic hexameter
is followed by a line of dactylic pentameter
. Because the hexameter line is in the same meter as epic poetry
and because the elegiac form was always considered lower style than epic, elegists frequently wrote with epic in mind and positioned themselves in relation to epic.